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Poster: vapors Date: Aug 14, 2011 5:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comparing GD and Phish (Without Shooting Phish in a Barrel)?

I haven’t been to a Phish show yet, but here is a basic rundown of why I like them.
Each of them is very talented at their respective instruments. Trey is an awesome guitarist, and as convoluted as a lot of the lyrics are, he has a knack for phrasing them. The bass, drums and keyboards – these fellows exhibit a flair and cohesiveness garnered from years of playing together. Great drumming! Phish can really stretch out and explore the groove, and the interplay of each member is awesome. The guitar leads flow through various moods of rock and jazz, atonal at times but usually crescendoing (that might not be a real word) to a fine, sweet climax.

I don’t know if what I wrote sheds any light on your question, and I haven't compared them to the Dead! There is probably more to be said about the scene and the experience of being there that might better explain why this band ‘grabs’ so many fans. It is obvious that their music isn’t for everyone – but I really appreciate them, and it would be hard to deny their impact.

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Poster: WillCo Date: Aug 15, 2011 6:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comparing GD and Phish (Without Shooting Phish in a Barrel)?

I agree. I loved "progressive rock" back in the early 70s, especially such bands as King Crimson, Gong, Spirit, Pink Floyd, Can, Gentle Giant, ELP, Soft Machine to name a few. Some of the personalities became a bit irritating over time, but the music still shines (try King Crimson's "Red" or "Lark's Tongues In Aspic"; if you haven't heard them you're in for a treat).

For me Phish keep the prog fires burning. A good thing. The link posted by He Live's elsewhere in this thread is a pretty good example of recent Phish; the live set "A Live One" is a good selection from earlier shows.

I really see no point in comparing them to Grateful Dead.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 15, 2011 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comparing GD and Phish (Without Shooting Phish in a Barrel)?

"I really see no point in comparing them to Grateful Dead."

COMPLETELY AGREE.


Now I'm going to do to dance to Gehry's Bilbao building...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 15, 2011 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comparing GD and Phish (Without Shooting Phish in a Barrel)?

Yeah, well, shoulda probably used a different header. (Maybe I just wanted to use the phrase Shooting Phish in a Barrel, ha ha bad pun.) The comparison I meant, though, was a focus on the distinctions without so much getting at better/worse. The different musical universes they occupy. And, well, it's a GD-knowledgeable forum, so why not?

Btw, saying "prog rock" is actually a really good "comparison" ... cuz it differentiates :-)

Maybe it should have been Compare and Contrast. And of course that's a standard college thing ... you might get "compare and contrast Pop Art and Minimalism," and you sure couldn't get two more different-seeming things.

So, next seemingly dumb and irrelevant thread title: Compare and Contrast Pigpen and Mickey. :-)

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